Twenty-seven volumes of handwritten diaries of the late actor Alan Rickman, best known for his role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise, will be published as a book.
Rickman’s journals share his candid thoughts on acting, friendships, and politics extending over twenty-five years of his life and career. The book will include his thoughts on plays attended, his views during his appearances on Love, Actually, Sense and Sensibility, and among other films including stories from the set of Harry Potter, which he was part of from 2001 to 2011. Indiscreet and witty, the British actor’s diaries share a nonpareil insight into the daily life of the beloved actor.
Acquired by publishing house Canongate, Rickman’s diaries will be edited into a book under the title of The Diaries of Alan Rickman. Alan Taylor, editor of the Scottish Review of Books, will edit the book from the chronicles penned by the late actor since the early ‘90s through his last thoughts documented in 2016 when he died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.
“I’m delighted that Canongate will be publishing Alan’s diaries, and couldn’t have wished for a finer appointment of editor than Alan Taylor,” Rickman’s widow, Rima Horton, told The Guardian in a statement. “The diaries reveal not just Alan Rickman the actor, but the real Alan – his sense of humor, his sharp observation, his craftsmanship and his devotion to the arts.”
The Diaries of Alan Rickman will debut in the fall of 2022.